Marshall University named a contender for ‘The South’s Best Tailgate’ by Southern Living; Readers will determine the winner

Marshall University is among 15 schools selected as contenders for “The South’s Best Tailgate” by Southern Living. The contenders in the second-annual competition are featured in the September issue, hitting newsstands Aug. 23. Fans will ultimately determine the school that hosts “The South’s Best Tailgate.”

“In the South, pre-game celebrations matter as much as what happens on the field,” said Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Bierman. “We’re asking readers to decide which school best honors our great tradition of Southern hospitality with the most stylish and spirited spread.”

Readers will vote until Sept. 30 to determine the 2013 winner. Fans are encouraged to rally around their favorite Southern team and vote daily on or via smartphone by scanning the corresponding image in the September issue with the Digimarc Discover app.

One vote per person per day is counted toward the final tally, and votes cast on Saturday count twice. Voters are entered daily for a chance to win $2,500 toward an ultimate tailgate. Southern Living will crown the winner of “The South’s Best Tailgate” at a home game this fall.  

The schools vying for “The South’s Best Tailgate” include Marshall, Appalachian State University, Clemson University, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee, University of Texas, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.

Southern Living chose the universities based on the following criteria:

  • Most spirited
  • Traditionalists
  • Powerhouses
  • Style setters